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being taken and by americans over the past two decades. meet this family, adopting ben from russia in 2007 and right now they want nothing more than a siblings for him. since last year, they've been applying. >> it's a million pieces of paper. you laugh about it but it really is quite an intensive process. >> reporter: waiting for another child but this bill could bring an end to their dreams of adding to their family. >> now with this new development it all come to a screeching halt. >> hundreds of thousands of russian children are in orphanages. russian president, vladimir putin signed a bill this morning angry about a new american law targeting human rights violators. >> there's a great irony here in that america speaks out against human rights violations in russia and then russia sort of responds by potentially, denying many thousands of russian orphans the most basic human right of all which is a loving permanent family. >> reporter: the bill has angered some russians who argue that it victimizes children to make a political point. ben's father begging the president to think t
. >>> let's talk about london. big ben, you know what that is? that's the big clock. fireworks lit up the sky and blazing rockets launched from the banks of the thames. >> and the pope said despite all the death and injustice in the word, goodness would prevail. the 85-year-old leader appeared tired during the service. the pope endured a major betrayal last year after it was revealed that his butler stole personal papers and leaked them to a journalist. >> can't make that up. i it's like a movie, right? >>> now that 2012 is gone, there are words and phrases that should go with it. >> scholars at lake superior university decided there are about 12 of those words and phrases that need to be put out to pasture. on the list, yolo, which means you only live once. fiscal cliff. hello. just go away. superfood, all had enough of it. i haven't had enough of the food, but you know. >> everything seems to be a superfood these days. trending, because it's not anymore. and bucket list, because the things on it tend to be less exciting than they used to be. >> i'm glad to see yolo. yolo and fiscal
? is 2013 going to turn the corner in a better direction like ben better -- bernanke and the other head chairs are saying? >> we haven't had a real recovery in four years. we really haven't. you just get the feeling that the economy is ready to pop. the argument though is everything washington is doing is holding back this expansion. that'sou the frustration investors and businesses feel. on the positive side you have the energy -- i highly agree with your conversation that technology are just drivers ofy high how perked -- high powered growth. but the force are the higher tax rates that are coming in 2013 and some of the regulation s in sew bough ma care are holding back -- in obamacare are holding back the willingness to expand and hire morene workers. >> and there is going to be a huge regulatory wave to finish out the dodd frank financial reform. there is a hugee, pinned up wave on energy. all kinds of rules hitting utilities and energy companies. so who wins? washington orng the private economy? e >> i think actually if you look at ate couple of indicators it is not good for at le
. ben's father beg president putin to think twice before signing the bill into law. >> just from father to father, president putin, i just ask that, as a father, just to consider what's happening to the families that are in process. let us at least go through the process of bringing home our children. >> reporter: right now it's estimated that 1500 kids are in the process of being adopted. if this law goes into effect january 1, those adoptions could come to a screeching halt. in the newsroom, melissa mollett, news4. >>> john mccain condemned the new legislation, calling it shameful and appalling. in a statement he said the effects are cruel and malicious. thousands of babies and children who had a chance for a loving home and better future will now be denied that opportunity. to punish babies and children over a political difference between our governments is a new low, even for president putin's russia. >>> more people wanting a chance to attend the inaugural ball next month, the limited number of tickets, the official ball will take place january 21st at the washington convention cen
-called fiscal cliff was coined by ben bernanke. the story from "roll call." "it could be reached over this weekend." were heard from the house rules committee chairman yesterday. they are taking steps in advance to extend these tax cuts. a deal could be on the floor today if there is an agreement. from "the washington times" this morning. "offers fly, but still no agreement" is the headline. mitch mcconnell bypassed senator reid to speak directly to the vice president. host: mark is joining us. your thoughts from manassas, a virginia. caller: good morning. thank you for c-span. we voters know this country has a lot of issues going forward. if they can take a bite out of these difficult issues one at a time, how will they make sure this country is put on a better footing? this is item number one in a list of hundredsd. -- in a list of hundreds. they are not willing to raise any taxes. just rolling back some of the bush-era tax cuts. when you're having issues, you have to make tough choices. host: thank you for the call. the damage may be done. some of the comments yesterday. [video cli
we're leaving. >> this family traveled to russia in 2007 overjoyed to adopt ben. >> you've gotten to be a big boy. >> a head full of hair. >> i know. like daddy's. >> a relationship that took nearly a year to get started. >> it's a million pieces of paper. you laugh about it, but it really is quite an intensive process. >> now at home, ben just turned 7, very much an all-american boy. >> how about some milk? >> i hate milk. >> you hate milk. >> celebrating the holidays, last christmas they decided to adopt a second russian child, prepared to work through those sticky wheels of bureaucracy all over again. now it's politics threatening to derail their dream entirely. russian president vladimir putin, angry about a new law targeting human rights violators, today has banned all adoptions to america. some lawmakers have been trumpeting certain cases in which kids were hurt in the states. like one in virginia four years ago when a child died after accidently being left in a hot car. the father was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter. >> there really is a great irony here in that
to make plans. peter greenberg is here with things to know about >>> it is official. ben affleck says he's not going to run for u.s. senate. affleck wrote on his facebook page yesterday, i love massachusetts and our political process, but i am not running for office. the rumor mill got busy after the actor appeared on "face the nation" and did not rule out a possible campaign. massachusetts will need to elect a new senator later this year because senator john kerry is in line to be secretary of state. >>> welcome back to "cbs this morning," everyone. >> welcome back. new year's eve is five days away. if you're ready to celebrate, great. if you haven't made plans, there are plenty of options. here to help you out is cbs news travel editor peter greenberg. happy almost new year. >> happy almost new year. >> what's your first pick picking a hotel. >> with the exception of times square and miami beach, there are a lot of local city hotels empty during new year's eve. here's the deal do your party there, invite friends, great discounted rooms, then the value-added deals, ki
to care? >> we talked about different ways to do that, maybe involving humor. >> reporter: take ben stiller. he gets attention for his foundation stiller strong by producing hilarious videos. >> matt damon, he claimed water. how do you claim water? >> no, no, no. >> reporter: consider this, damon talks about water on youtube, 4,000 hits. this video with sarah silverman. ♪ viral. damon says his strong suit is getting people to care. >> because there is a lot of kind of low hanging fruit, so to speak. there are so many people that we can help. >> reporter: do you see a solution in your lifetime? >> yes, we do. in fact, that's why we're here. >> ailelina cho, thank you for that. if you want to help or get more information about water.org, go to cnn.com/impact. >>> former president george h.w. bush seems to be getting a little better after spending christmas in a houston hospital. doctors thought the 88-year-old would be able to go home, but he developed a fever. a spokesman tells cnn the former president has slightly improved. he was hospitalized in late november for bronchitis. doct
that, maybe involving humor. >> hey, there -- >> reporter: take ben stiller. he gets attention for his foundation, stiller strong, by producing hilarious videos. >> matt damon, he claims water -- >> how did he claim water? is he aqua man? >> reporter: consider this. damon talks about water on youtube, 4,000 hits. the video with sarah silverman -- ♪ who's that knocking at my door? ♪ >> reporter: viral. damon says his strong suit is getting people to care. >> because there's a lot of sort of low-hanging fruit, so to speak. there are so many people that we can help. >> do you see a solution in your lifetime? >> yes, we do. in fact, that's why we're here. >> reporter: water.org has helped 1 million people so far, but as damon says, there's still another 880 million people to go. nonetheless, he says it's a start and it's a good one. he believes that this whole idea of water credit, meaning, giving people affordable loans in places where getting clean water is a challenge is really working. and he says he believes it has the potential to reach up to 100 million people by 2020. joe? >> f
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